Terry Francona: Middle finger during broadcast a ‘nervous habit’

His team's got bite but Francona loses tooth with chew

Cleveland is a wonderful baseball town – it really is, and I love going there – but the city’s iffy economy is why the Indians drew only 1,591,667 fans this season, 13th in the American League. “I think we’re just trying to be organized, and it helps when every, single player we’ve talked to just says, ‘Okay”.

It was more of the same for the Blue Jays, their bats rendered near useless by Cleveland’s pitching.

According to various reports, several teammates approached Bauer after his early exit and told them they were going to win the game.

This is not the first time Francona has done this. Instead of waiting for the ninth inning to bring in closer Kenley Jansen, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts inserted him in the seventh, with L.A. up 4-3, a man on first, and zero out.

Cleveland entered with a 2-0 series lead, but the Indians have been battling rotation injuries.

But I confess, I’m nervous. When he tired-after tossing 51 pitches-Roberts turned to ace Clayton Kershaw, a starter (!), for the final two outs.

Since the American League won this year’s All-Star Game 4-2, the victor of the ALCS will hold home-field advantage in the World Series. He gave up just 23 walks in 143.1 innings in Triple-A Columbus this season, and zero walks in 11 major league innings. RHP Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10) and Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12) will each take the mound in hopes of breaking the 1-1 series tie.

Francona asked Coco Crisp to bunt two runners into scoring position with no outs in the fourth during a scoreless Game 3 of the ALDS at Fenway Park. In two career playoff starts, Kluber has been almost unhittable: 2-0, 13.1 IP 9 H 0 R/ER 5 BB 13 K.

Palms could get sweaty if the Indians do not end the series in Toronto.

Added Jose Bautista: “With the double play in order right there, it didn’t make much sense to me, even if they were conceding the run”. Many of us have been around long enough to be haunted by the past playoff ghosts.

All October Terry Francona’s made bold moves and won baseball games. His longest outing was five innings September 30 when he picked up his first major-league win in a 7-2 victory over the Royals. He always had at least four days between starts. That was the biggest problem. He builds his own drone, so of course he’s going to fix them, too.

“That wasn’t the way we drew it up”, Francona said. “Saying that, he’s a lefty going up against a pretty good (right-handed) hitting lineup”.

“Tito (Francona) did a masterful job running that bullpen today”, said Toronto manager John Gibbons.